Reading the thread on s. and b. traditions (I.33, Bolognese), I remember the appendix to Hutton, The Swordsman (cheap edition): "How to fight against an uncivilized opponent"-- which Mr Admin refers to often in this forum. The uncivilized opponent is, basically, an Afridi tribesman, with sword and buckler: does not lunge, but darts in and out, circles, or rushes. Hutton says this is like fighting a sword and buckler man of the Elizabethan period (of Silver's time, he says)-- and that the answer is to fight as in Silver, with grapples (mostly grabbing the opponenent's sword wrist with your left wrist, and applying the "pummel",or pulling back the right shoulder for a stab, or applying a slice with the false edge, "the terrible coup de Jarnac"). Nowhere is there any mention of the risk of a shield strike, so I assume Afridi didn't go in for that.
I know assymetric match-ups are popular (rapier vs longsword, bokken vs poleaxe etc)-- but this is one I've never seen. Has anyone tried it ?
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